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Boris Johnson compares Liz Truss’s mini-Price range to Morecambe and Sensible sketch



Boris Johnson mentioned Liz Truss’s blundering mini-Price range was like a badly performed piano, in a reference to a well-known Morecambe and Wise sketch.

Requested on CNN about his successor’s deadly misstep, the previous prime minister first tried to keep away from the query, saying he has a rule in opposition to discussing British politics overseas.

However after some prodding he relented to make his first feedback about Ms Truss’s economy-crashing programme of unfunded tax cuts, saying: “It is form of like once I play the piano. The notes individually sound OK however they’re not in the correct order, or occurring on the proper time.”

His comment echoed a 1971 sketch from the double act’s BBC programme through which famous person conductor Andre Previn criticised Eric Morecambe’s tried rendition of Grieg’s piano concerto. He mentioned within the sketch: “I’m enjoying all the correct notes, however not essentially in the correct order.”

Liz Truss and Boris Johnson

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Talking earlier than an viewers in Portugal, Mr Johnson additionally claimed to imagine he had no probability of turning into prime minister once more.

He advised the interviewer: “I’ll provide the reply I’ve given for about 20 years, my probabilities of turning into prime minister are about nearly as good as being decapitated by a frisbee or being blinded by a champagne cork, or locked in a disused fridge…”

Mr Johnson trailed off earlier than persevering with: “I did change into prime minister so my probabilities of turning into prime minister once more are these impossibilia cubed or squared.”

Comedians Eric Morecambe, left, and Ernie Sensible, second from left, in a 1971 sketch with pianist Andre Previn, standing

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The previous prime minister additionally used the interview to share his ideas on the response of different leaders to the warfare in Ukraine, incomes a rebuke from Germany for saying Berlin was hoping for a swift Russian win. He additionally claimed France’s Emmanuel Macron was in denial concerning the coming invasion.

Requested what he would have achieved otherwise along with his time on the high, he sighed and mentioned: “You already know there’s so many issues, it is an embarassment of…” earlier than restarting: “I”m happy with among the issues that we did,” together with the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and assist for Ukraine.

He went on to say that he regrets spending a lot time on Covid to the neglect of his MPs, a lot of whom have been new to Westminster.

He mentioned: “I ought to have spent extra time speaking to my troops reasonably than simply making an attempt to get on and handle the pandemic. There’s an sincere reply.”

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